UMW Activities

UMW Executive Board
contact us:
President: Tracy Arvanitis
Vice President: Kim Lambert Sera
Secretary: Deb Rauseo
Treasurer: Martha Stevenson

Membership: Carol Boisvert

Welcoming / Greeter: Barbara Belbin-Myers, Alice Marfleet

Remembrance: Carolyn Richburg

Visitation: Jane Palmer

Communications: Open

Dwelling Place Coordinator: Ann St. Onge

Judith Circle: Liz Harriman and Judy Crawford

Hannah Circle: Kim Lambert 

Miriam-Esther Circle: Evelyn Cushing

Rachel Circle: Stephanie Saloman and Claire Hansen

Rebecca-Sarah Circle: Phyllis Allen and Jane Palmer

Ruth Circle: Betsy Peterson


Magdalene Circle: Michele Dickeson and Deb Rauseo
Annual UMW Harvest and Holly Fair
Date Set, Saturday October 26, 2019:

Sunday, July 16th, the first planning meeting was held with approximately20 individuals in attendance. Lots of feedback and brainstormingwas discussed. Traditional items will be offered: sit down luncheon,jewelry, crafts, goodies, puzzles/books, and attic treasures.

New additions discussed were "to go" luncheon items, cookie walk,boutique, and alternative gift giving.

Things for us all to think about over the summer months:

  • drop off "gently used resalable condition" household/decorativeitems, complete puzzles, and books for all ages in the downstairs foyer coat closet
  • watch for donation drop off box in coffee hour room for 4, 8, or 12 oz jelly jars
  • shift through that recipe box to locate that favorite cookie recipe
  • deliver all jewelry items to church office for safe keeping
Any questions, additional ideas, or helping hands can be directly to Betsy Peterson at 978-657-0355 or

Looking forward to another successful fun filled fair!

Thanks to Hannah Circle for serving the Dwelling Place in June. As in the past, in July we will post a sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. We will be serving hot dogs, baked beans, pasta salad, garden salad, chips, ice cream sandwiches, and watermelon. Please stop by and sign-up to provide food or for serving. Do remember for our young people July is an additional opportunity for fulfilling some of the hours required for community service by the schools.

In August Ruth Circle will be serving at Dwelling Place.

Although it is a small soup kitchen, it is important to those 25 to 35 we serve. Many of our guests are homeless and looking for a place to eat and in the wintertime a place to get out from the cold. Thanks to all for your food donations and service at the Dwelling Place.

We have 5 new books in the UMW library, one in each category for 2019. Escape From the Green Mansion (education for mission) - Ordinary church women and their extraordinary rescue of San Francisco's brothel slaves. This is a true story about thousands of Chinese women who came to America's west coast in the late 1800s and were enslaved and forced into prostitution. Read about the Methodist women who rescued many of them.

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? (nurturing for community) - Indignities, compromises, and the unexpected grace of midlife. A good humored and hope-filled look at the transitions of middle age. A must-read for anyone facing the flux and flow of age 40 and beyond.

Where Do We Go From Here (social action) - In 1967 Dr Martin Luther King Jr isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone and labored over his final manuscript. This work lays out his thoughts, plans and dreams for America's future. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind, for the first time, had the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

Be Still (spiritual growth) - These thought-provoking essays zoom in on singular moments of time where the world is making headlines, drawing attention to the sin of exceptionalism in its national, racial, religious, cultural and species manifestations.

Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh (leadership development) - The story of one lovable, determined young girl's dream to play softball in California during World War II when Indian immigrants could not become citizens or own land. It is a moving, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of hope and resilience, love and family

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